The Black Lives Matter movement and the issue of racism in our society more broadly require us to rethink, from the ground up, our approaches to architectural history as well as the methodologies that we use. While there have been important advances in the study of race and architecture for the modern period (see, e.g., Cheng, Davis, and Wilson, eds., Race and Modern Architecture: A Critical History from the Enlightenment to the Present, 2020; Gooden, Dark Space: Architecture, Representation, Black Identity, 2016; Fields, Architecture in Black: Theory, Space, and Appearance, 2015; Lokko, ed., White Paper, Black Marks: Architecture, Race, Culture, 2000), the intersection of race and architecture in the early modern period remains relatively unexplored, even if scholars argue that it was precisely the new global contact, conflict, and exchange of the early modern period that caused the emergence of a greater race-consciousness. The two-part roundtable Constructing Race and Architecture 1400–1800 consists of brief “think pieces” that examine issues of race and architecture from around the globe during the period 1400–1800. Part 1 of the roundtable appears in this issue and features contributions by James K. Bird, G. A. Bremner, Dwight Carey, Tara Dudley, Jesús Escobar, Christopher S. Hunter, Elizabeth Kassler-Taub, Louis P. Nelson, Adédoyin Teríba, and Robin L. Thomas. Part 2 is planned for the December 2021 issue of JSAH.

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